Disney’s Art of Animation Resort opened in 2012 as a new type of value resort featuring suites designed with families in mind. With three colorful pools, bus transportation to the theme parks, and tasty eats at the Landscape of Flavors food court, there’s plenty to love about this resort, but my favorite part of an Art of Animation stay is the room itself, chock full of movie details and fabulously fun theming!
The family suites can sleep up to six with plenty of space to spread out: a bedroom with a queen bed, two bathrooms (no waiting for the shower!), a mini kitchenette with a sink, fridge, and microwave, and a living and dining area. The couch folds out into a double bed, and the dining table folds Murphy-style into a double-size bed as well.
There are four different sections at Art of Animation which each offer a different animated experience. The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Cars buildings have family suites in air-conditioned hallways while the Little Mermaid buildings have standard rooms with outdoor entry for smaller parties, similar to the buildings and rooms at the adjacent Pop Century. If you don’t need a family suite, there are Little Mermaid rooms that can sleep up to four and are decorated like an under-the-sea party. The shower looks like Ariel’s grotto, with gadgets and gizmos a plenty!
Jungle leaves carpet the floor in the Lion King suites – and out in the hallway carpet, you can literally follow the footsteps of Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa. The song lyrics from the movie are printed on the stools in the living area, so you can burst into a verse from ‘Hakuna Matata’ whenever you feel like it!
In the Finding Nemo suites, the furniture is as brightly colored as tropical coral, and the lamps look like sea anemone and jelly fish. The table and drawers are painted with sea scenes – with lots of hidden fish friends (not food!) from the film to find.
The décor in the Cars suites makes you feel like you’re staying at the Cozy Cone Motel, with traffic cones in the curtains and 50’s style furnishings. When getting ready for your Disney day in front of the bright “Car Wash” mirrors, you’ll be “spiffy in a jiffy.” And there are plenty of nods to your favorite characters in the artwork – Mater is taking a snooze above the Murphy bed!
What’s your favorite detail from the Art of Animation suites?